Blackberry 10 video shows off new features

Blackberry 10 is all the rage in Orlando, Florida as Research in Motion starts its annual Blackberry World conference today. The company has already revealed its prototype smartphone hardware for the next version of its operating system. Now RIM has released a new video showing off how Blackberry 10 is supposed to work, at least in theory.

The most impressive feature demonstrated in the video is the virtual keyboard which, as we reported before, offers suggested words to the user above each letter they type. It looks like something that could speed up texting and email on a touch screen smartphone device if it is implemented correctly.

The video also shows how Blackberry 10's contact list is displayed in the operating system and also how a user can quickly switch to an incoming phone call from within the contact list. Finally, the demo shows how the Blackberry 10 hardware could be used to quickly display a smartphone video up on a big TV screen.

One interesting Blackberry 10 feature that's not shown in the video is its "time traveling" camera app. As reported by Engadget, the app gives its user the ability to go back through the camera's cache and pick an image a few seconds behind the one you actually shot, in case the subject moves or does something you didn't want to see. It's an interesting innovation that we wish was on all smartphone cameras.

While RIM is giving out units of its Blackberry 10 prototype device to developers at Blackberry World this week, the hardware does not have Blackberry 10 inside but the current version of the Playbook tablet OS. Blackberry 10, along with the the final version of the hardware, is expected to launch later this year.

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AlternSti said,
Like it... can't wait for apps

RIM is pushing developpers a lot, just look at BB10 Jam and giving free prototype to developpers. Their development tools are pretty interesting and there's a lot of alternatives for developpers, I hope many will get on the boat. Compared to other mobile platforms, developping an app for BB10 is pretty easy: Android apps can be easily transform in a BB10 app, Apple forces you to develop on a Mac (wish is pretty selfish). As for WP apps, they got a good development interface and I never tried to develop WP app so I can't say.
I am a developper myself and I dedicate my time for Playbook apps right now, will switch to BB10 soon.

Melfster said,
There is no way BB10 going surpass window phone let alone iphone or android.

I think that RIM has their chance to surpass Windows Phone, as right now Windows Phone does not have many users. BB10 will be release before WP8 is, that will give them an advatange, but WP8 is pretty interesting too, we could see a great battle here.

Looks pretty swish. I like it. Sort of remind me of Android though. Wonder why they don't just license Swype for BlackBerry?

Looking good. I do like the lack of any physical buttons on the front of the phone. It reminds me of the PlayBook OS 2.0 ... I just hope by the time this device is released, Android and iOS won't have completely dominated the mobile OS market, which I fear will be the case. I can't see Windows Phone and BBOS being able to regain market share in any significant way, which is sad for me as a "hold on until it sinks" RIM stockholder

I must say, I'm quite impressed with how it looks. I hope the hardware isn't too far behind what most smartphones use nowadays. I currently own a BlackBerry smartphone and I've had my eye on some Android phones for awhile. I like using it mainly because of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) but other than that, my next smartphone is going to be either Android- or WP8-based. At least, until now...

Always have been saying that RIM can be excellent at stuff, they prove it once again, too bad their management was POS all the time.

I hope they get their deserved market share back, maybe not as in the glory days, but they deserve more than a "desperate to survive" status.

RIM, well done.

GS:mac

Not impressed, knowing RIM they will screw it up big time. And removing the hardware keyboard is a stupid idea

PmRd said,
Not impressed, knowing RIM they will screw it up big time. And removing the hardware keyboard is a stupid idea

They didnt remove anything. The phone in the video is a PROTOTYPE phone. There will be a physical keyboard version on release.

Frank2029 said,

They didnt remove anything. The phone in the video is a PROTOTYPE phone. There will be a physical keyboard version on release.

Not all BB10 devices will have a physical keyboard

Gotta love it. One day people are all "OMG RIM JUST DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!111" and the next "Ohhhhh look shiny! I <3 u RIM!"

Bunch of hypocrites. I for one have been rooting for RIM to get back on track since the public backlash started. They are an amazing innovative company who simply fell into a lull. I'm not even a Blackberry user. In fact, I hate BBOS.

neo158 said,

Except it's Playbook OS not BB10

The OS in the video is what BB10 will look like. It's a rendered video. The prototype phones handed out have the Playbook OS on them.

I wonder if BB10 will support physical keyboard for all of their enterprise customers whose usage scenarios make full touchscreens less than ideal.

deadonthefloor said,
I wonder if BB10 will support physical keyboard for all of their enterprise customers whose usage scenarios make full touchscreens less than ideal.

Yup, RIM stated that there will be BB10 devices with physical keyboards. It is one of their best asset on their current phones, why would they drop it?

thatz impressive .i didnt expect it to be this impressive
imagine BB 10 devices released in 2010 or 2009 .it could have been sold like hot cakes

What I find ironic is that right now they have commercials saying that "we need tools not toys". AKA targeting Apple saying that they make toys. Yet RIM is working as hard as they can to make toys too. What a hypocritical company

hmm99 said,
What I find ironic is that right now they have commercials saying that "we need tools not toys". AKA targeting Apple saying that they make toys. Yet RIM is working as hard as they can to make toys too. What a hypocritical company

Only tool here is yourself

On a side note. You guys should see the new camera functionality. Its awesome!

Frank2029 said,

Only tool here is yourself

On a side note. You guys should see the new camera functionality. Its awesome!

Your mom is awesome

Looks nice, but I'm not sure what I think of the suggestions appearing over the keys like that. Seems like they would be easy to hit by mistake...

M_Lyons10 said,
Looks nice, but I'm not sure what I think of the suggestions appearing over the keys like that. Seems like they would be easy to hit by mistake...


Judging by the video you have to swipe up over the word to use it, otherwise you will just be pressing the keys underneath it

DomZ said,


Judging by the video you have to swipe up over the word to use it, otherwise you will just be pressing the keys underneath it

Oh, O.K. I didn't catch that. Thanks for the clarification.

The person typing on the keyboard hasn't used that phone much, isn't all that great with phones/has bad eyesight, or the method of input on it just doesn't work.
Will be interested to see when it's out which of those it actually is.

Am I crazy to say that the UI doesn't have anything on WP7 or ICS?

It looks okay to me. I don't think it's going to make a dent in the market in that form, however.

I want it to work. It looks nice but it's scary to think about buying a device no matter how good it looks or runs. Developer support is dropping. If there's no support, it won't live. They need to rush it to market and get people back on their side. I'm a Windows Phone fan with an Android phone at the moment and dropped the iPhone for Android. I've never thought seriously about Blackberry but this makes me want to take a look and see if it's up to the job. Hopefully they can get it to work.

dogmai79 said,
I want it to work. It looks nice but it's scary to think about buying a device no matter how good it looks or runs. Developer support is dropping. If there's no support, it won't live. They need to rush it to market and get people back on their side. I'm a Windows Phone fan with an Android phone at the moment and dropped the iPhone for Android. I've never thought seriously about Blackberry but this makes me want to take a look and see if it's up to the job. Hopefully they can get it to work.

Yeah developers are nowadays what make the platform successful.

I've hated on BB so much LOL and they go ahead and suprise me like this! I hate RIM they make me feel bad!!

dimithrak said,
Ok. seeing this makes me take back what i said earlier. I actually like how this looks.

Bare in mind that this is not BB10 though, just the Playbook OS modified to fit onto a phone. I do agree though I think it looks like an interesting mix of ICS and WP7 with a hint of BB OS.

neo158 said,
Bare in mind that this is not BB10 though, just the Playbook OS modified to fit onto a phone.

Just because BB10 is QNX-based doesn't mean it's not BB10.
The company rebranded the OS.
It will run existing apps on it, so your point is moot.

xXgreatestever said,
I like it. Wow. Pretty sexy if you'd ask me.

Agreed, we need to see if this saves or sinks RIM though.

Oh, well done John for putting this video up.

xXgreatestever said,
I like it. Wow. Pretty sexy if you'd ask me.

Same. It's got some nice, unique features. Unfortunately, I'm sure they'll get stolen before they even launch. See: Windows Phone, webOS having their features stolen by Apple and Android before release.